South River Falls Trail

MODERATE 98 reviews
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South River Falls Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stanardsville, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from March until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1269 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

forest

river

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

Directions from Front Royal, VA: Skyline Drive travels the entire length of Shenandoah National Park. Mile markers are placed along the right-hand side of the road heading south. They are numbered from north to south beginning at the northern terminus in Front Royal, Virginia. Facilities, trails and park features use the mile markers as points of reference. Park in the South River Picnic Area where the trail begins near the third parking area. The milepost is 62.8.

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25 days ago

Gorgeous hike. Highly recommend!! We had our 4 dogs with us. Everyone was so nice!

25 days ago

Great trail with excellent views of the falls.

1 month ago

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Hiked down to the viewpoint then further down to the base of the falls. The hike is downhill majority of the way out and uphill the way back. Great hike. Definitely worth taking a dip in the water on a hot day.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked down from the picnic parking lot to the overlook. Then continue down from the overlook to the base of the falls. After a short rest we started back up the trail, but instead of taking same trail back we continue straight, an pass the falls overlook trial. The trial is a old road wide but at an up hill grade. The trail terminus is on Skyline Drive. Just turn left and you will see the sign for the picnic area, if you parked there you are done.

2 months ago

Slippery the day we went because Of the rain. Beautiful colors of the trees and moss. Got foggy and we couldn't see the waterfall very well. Took us 1:10 to walk to the waterfall viewing and back.

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2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful. Going down to the waterfall is somewhat easy although you need to watch your footing at the rocky base of the waterfall and rock stairs going up to the waterfall. Heading back to the parking lot is where it gets tough. Very steady uphill on the fire road so good to take slow or take frequent breaks. You'll need it. Very well maintained (rocky/woody) paths. Easy stream crossing and not very muddy.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Just gorgeous. Got caught in a little rain and hail, but the rocky overhangs along the way kept us pretty dry. Overall a great mid-level hike. Made a loop via the fire road back.

hiking
4 months ago

Very pretty, moderate difficulty. Saw two bears and a rattlesnake! Falls are absolutely beautiful.

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6 months ago